Wednesday, 26 May 2010

The first project in The Bubble Chamber is coming to life! We spoke to some of the students from Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College about their experiences and what The Bubble Chamber means to them.

"The sessions are challenging but fun and you learn a lot."

"The space we're dancing in is interesting because we wont be dancing in-front of an audience but around them."

They also talked about designing their project and working with the professional digital technology:

"I liked using each other and the wall to move around. We had to keep hold of our partner and move through the space."

"You can do things with a computer you never knew existed before!"

The Bubble Chamber is part of

'People Dancing is a three year programme of activity aimed at encouraging mass participation in dance and dance related activity across the West Midlands. Part of the region’s plans for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, this exciting programme provides the opportunity to bring West Midlands communities together, from all backgrounds and neighbourhoods, to celebrate the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by getting local people moving. The challenge for this programme is to encourage more people to take up dance and dance related activity so that it becomes part of their lives, resulting in them feeling fit and well in both mind and body and having fun.'

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Interivew for the BBC

Oliver Scott, artistic director of Mercurial Dance Company, is interviewed today by Siobhan from the BBC about The Bubble Chamber.

Thinking it through

Starting work in The Bubble Chamber space, the students create mind maps of their ideas for the project.

The mind maps are put up in the performance space so that they can look back at their ideas throughout the creative process.
The students test out their choreography in front of the digital sensors, using the Isadora software to turn their work into a Matrix-style display. So far, it's looking good!

The first event in The Bubble Chamber is underway

Rehearsals are under way for the launch party of the first project to be created in The Bubble Chamber.

Students from Coventry's Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College spent their first day exploring dance technique and movement ideas with the Mercurial Dancers.

Something new and unexpected is happening in Coventry City Arcade...

A perfect example of Coventry's inventiveness, The Bubble Chamber is the first event of its kind in the country. It is truly pioneering young people's use of Isadora, a graphic programming environment developed for professional dancers. In The Bubble Chamber, students develop and interact with their own digital-dance experience, ultimately creating a unique digital-dance installation.

The first event in The Bubble Chamber is being launched on the 23rd June 2010.
The digital installation will be open to the public from the 24th onwards.

Admission is free - come and get interactive!